The Right Length

Catherine Deneuve at Yves Saint Laurent atelier, 1967. Photo: Reg Lancaster


With Luis Buñuel’s help and under his direction, Yves Saint Laurent managed to convince Catherine Deneuve not to wear too short skirts in Belle de Jour in a time when mini-skirts were in fashion, so that the film would never become outdated and grounded to a certain historical moment.

The style in this movie has survived through generations, a quality of all Yves Saint Laurent’s designs, noted for their ‘classic modernity’. Catherine Deneuve has always evoked an eternal femininity through the timelessness of her classic looks and clothes and the designer played a great role in this from that moment on.